I really don't know how to write this blog entry. When this craziness first started for my family last November, it was all about us. I was the center of a screwed-up universe where we didn't know if I was going to live or die. During my battle and throughout my continued recovery, I have gotten deeply involved with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and have met (and am working with) some incredibly strong people fighting their own incredible battles. My universe has expanded and it seems that I have found a mission of sorts.
This is a picture of me and one of the most amazing fighters I met this year. It was taken just before the Light the Night walk in San Francisco.
|jg and Patrick|
The fighter is Patrick Landers and it is with deep sorrow and pain that I reluctantly report that Patrick lost his battle with Lymphoma on Monday due to complications following his bone marrow transplant. He is survived by his wife Christine and his two boys: Aidan and Ty. Words cannot express the emotions I feel as I write this, but I guess this will have to do: not fair; sad; pissed off; sucks; hate cancer; not fair; sorrow; not fair; anger; not fair; fight.
Over the next several weeks, we expect some kind of Landers Foundation to be created through the San Francisco Giants. We hope that you will play a part. Oliver Demuth and I will lead the charge. If you are interested in contributing, please visit this blog often for updates. I will post updates related to the Foundation as well as info on how you can help Christine and the Landers family.
A Note about Light the Night. For the 2011 walk, the San Francisco Giants Love for Landers team raised over $85k for Light the Night, blowing away second place Salesforce.com who raised $58k. For more information about Light the Night, please visit: main site | san francisco chapter
Not in a kicking mood,